on a ridge with expansive views

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge -  Madikwe Game Reserve

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge


Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 16-bed luxury lodge situated in the west of the Madikwe Game Reserve, straddling the Tweedepoort Ridge with expansive views across the northern plains and Inselbergs.

The central lodge sits on the slopes of a hill across a ravine, separating it from the suites or chalets. Each of the chalets is positioned on the ridge with expansive views to the north.


Rates vary depending on your lodge selection, the time of year and specials available. Please contact us for the most up to date rates for this specific lodge.


A lodge may offer special or discounted rates from time to time. Please enquire.

Special rates exclude peak periods, public holidays and long-weekends - and are subject to availability.

Rates include -
All meals, teas and coffees with meals and game drives.

Rates exclude -
Bar services, a room levy payable per person per night (paid in camp), an entrance fee per person per stay and all other transfers.

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The main lodge is located on two tiers of the ridge, accessed via a wooden bridge that crosses a ravine surrounded by rock figs. Each of the living areas has its own character, mood and style providing guests with a choice of great views or tranquil spaces.

The lodge has 8 thatched suites or chalets, decorated in natural hews of colour and texture. The suites have sliding doors from each room and shower, and its own viewing deck, offering a private and luxurious experience.

About Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned Community based Safari Lodge to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is a pure ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks, the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community and the operator, The Nature Workshop.

The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.


The lodge is a superb wildlife safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.


Situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, access to the lodge is either by road or by air. The reserve is approximately 3,5 hours' drive from Johannesburg, following the route via Zeerust before proceeding north past Nietverdiend. The lodge is accessed via the Wonderboom Gate.

Air transfers from Grand Central Airport or O.R. Tambo International Airport are available.

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Swimming pool at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
Dinner by lantern at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
A bedroom at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
The bridge between the two living areas at Buffalo ridge